Faculty & Staff Reporting Obligations

As a Princeton University faculty or staff member, you have certain reporting obligations with respect to sexual misconduct.  The Reporting Sexual Misconduct video  is intended to help you understand your reporting responsibilities; specifically, it will teach you what to report, how to report, and to whom to report.  

The following FAQs are intended to provide additional information after you have viewed the Reporting Sexual Misconduct video. In addition, in order to further understand your reporting obligations, please see section VII(1) of the Title IX Sexual Harassment policy and section VII(1) of the University Sexual Misconduct policy.

1. What if I am not sure whether to report?

The University recognizes that there will be circumstances where the faculty or staff member may be
unsure whether sexual misconduct has occurred. In these circumstances, you should report.


If you have questions, please call the Office of Gender Equity & Title IX Administration (609-258-7411, ptitleix@princeton.edu), the Office of Human Resources (for staff, 609-258-3300, hr@princeton.edu), or the Office of the Dean of the Faculty (for faculty and post-doctoral researchers at 609-258-3024,
dof@princeton.edu).

2. What if I am not sure whether the alleged conduct actually occurred? Do I still report it?

You are required to report all instances of suspected sexual misconduct. You are not expected to, nor
should you, attempt to ascertain whether particular conduct did in fact occur.

3. What if the situation is reported to me during the summer or during a break in the academic calendar?

You are obligated to report the matter promptly, regardless of when the conduct occurred and/or when it was reported to you.

4. What are examples of conduct that I would need to bring to the attention of University officials?

Sexual misconduct includes, among other conduct, sexual assault, sexual harassment, and dating/domestic violence, all of which are defined in detail in University policy. See section III of the Title IX Sexual Harassment policy and section III of the University Sexual Misconduct policy.

5. Can I be disciplined or subject to any negative consequences if I in good faith report suspected sexual misconduct?

No. The University does not tolerate retaliation. Good faith reports of suspected illegal activity and sexual misconduct will neither jeopardize employment nor result in retaliation by the University.

6. What if my report turns out to be inaccurate?

Good faith reports of sexual misconduct, even those that turn out to be inaccurate, will neither jeopardize employment nor result in retaliation by the University.

7. Must University faculty and staff report suspected child (age 17 and under) abuse?

Under New Jersey Law, “Any person having reasonable cause to believe that a child has been subjected
to child abuse or acts of child abuse shall report the same immediately to the Division of Youth and
Family Services by telephone or otherwise. Such reports, where possible, shall contain the names and
addresses of the child and his parent, guardian, or other person having custody and control of the child and, if known, the child's age, the nature and possible extent of the child's injuries, abuse or maltreatment, including any evidence of previous injuries, abuse or maltreatment, and any other information that the person believes may be helpful with respect to the child abuse and the identity of the perpetrator.” The website of the New Jersey Department of Children and Families provides
information on how and when to report child abuse, definitions of terms such as “abused child,” and resources available: http://www.state.nj.us/dcf/reporting/how/.

8. Why is it important that faculty and staff members report matters pertaining to sexual misconduct?

It is important that the University provide individuals who believe that they have been victims of sexual
misconduct with information regarding resources, options, and supportive measures that may be
available to them and this information is best provided through the Office of Gender Equity & Title IX
Administration. In addition, the University must consider the best interests of the University community,
including whether alleged conduct presents a continued serious threat to the campus community.

9. Am I required to report sexual misconduct that occurs off-campus?

Yes, if the conduct occurred in the local vicinity of campus and/or occurred as part of a University sponsored program or activity. This includes, but is not limited to, (domestic or abroad) University sponsored academic conferences, field research, independent research, course field trips, internships,
study abroad programs, sporting events, and extracurricular activities.

If the University provides any funding or support for a particular program or activity, it is considered to be University-sponsored. In this context, the location of the incident is not determinative in terms of whether reporting is required; what matters is that the conduct is associated with a University sponsored program or activity.

10. Am I required to report sexual misconduct involving my co-workers? What about sexual misconduct involving non-members of the University community?

Yes to both questions if the conduct occurred on campus or in the local vicinity or if the conduct occurred off-campus in association with a University-sponsored program or activity.

11. Will a Confidential Resource disclose the information I share with them?

Information shared with Confidential Resources (including information about whether an individual has received services) will only be disclosed to the Office of Gender Equity and Title IX Administration or any other person with the individual’s express written permission, unless there is an imminent threat of
serious harm to the individual or to others, or a legal obligation to reveal such information (e.g., if there is suspected abuse or neglect of a minor). 

12. How can I learn about the University's policy for handling matters of sexual misconduct?

For general information regarding our policy and procedures related to sexual misconduct, see
http://sexualmisconduct.princeton.edu/.

13. What if I have additional questions regarding my reporting obligations relating to sexual misconduct?

If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact the Director of Gender Equity & Title IX Administration, Regan Crotty, ptitleix@princeton.edu or 609-258-7411.